Forest Bathing: a Walk in the Trees

Untitled, Walter Hatke, watercolor, TSCPL Permanent Collection 2009.040.003

Forest Bathing: A Walk in the Trees
March 1 – May 2, 2021

Feel your stress and worries ease, relax as you wander through a variety of forest and tree artworks and see how artists are inspired by nature in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery.

New Procedures When Visiting the Gallery

We are pleased to welcome you back to the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery. At this time, the Gallery will be open to 6 visitors at a time. We are in the process of setting up a reservation system that will allow groups of 4-6 people to reserve a time to come in without a wait.

While visiting the Gallery, please follow the same health standards used in the library:

  • All visitors must wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth while in the Gallery or Library
  • All visitors must keep a 6 ft distance from other visitors
  • Please use hand sanitizer and wash your hands

Exhibition Images

What is Forest Bathing?

Spreading Maple, Luigi Lucioni, etching, TSCPL Permanent Collection 1963.288

In Japan many people practice something called forest bathing or shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere or taking in the forest through our senses. This is not exercise, or hiking or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.

You can forest-bathe anywhere in the world – wherever there are trees; in hot weather or in cold; in rain, sunshine or snow. You don’t need a forest to go forest bathing, you can do it anywhere – in a nearby park or in your garden. Look for a place where there are trees, and off you go! We are bringing that experience inside with our Forest Bathing exhibit.


Forest Bathing in 5 Simple Steps

Meadowtree Sunrise, Rachelle Gardner-Roe, thread on linen, on loan from the artist

Step 1: Leave behind your phone, camera or any other distractions, so you can be fully present in the experience.

Step 2: Leave behind your goals and expectations. Wander aimlessly, allowing your body to take you wherever it wants.

Step 3: Pause from time to time to look more closely at a leaf or notice the sensation of the path beneath your feet.

Step 4: Find a comfy spot to take a seat and listen to the sounds around you. See how the behavior of the birds and other animals changes when they become used to your presence.

Step 5: If you go with others, make an agreement to resist talking until the end of the walk, when you could gather to share your experiences.


Featured Artists

Polly Adams-Sutton | Rick Ayotte | Alicia Bailey | Sherry Best | Dorothea Bilder | Henry John BoddingtonJon Carsman | Neil Clark | Cynthia Colbert | Louis Copt | Jim Croft | Werner Drewes | Davira Fisher | Foolscap Press | Theodore Fox | Jerry Gaddis | Rachelle Gardner-Roe |Douglas Warner Gorsline | Vaughn Graber | Walter Hatke | David Hartley | Jacques Hnizcosky | R. James Hunt | Alfred Hutty | Teresa Johnson | Frank Kleinholz | Kevin Kutz | Luigi  Lucioni | Peter Lvoff | Samuel L. Margolies | William MacLean | Midnight Paper Sales | Rich Miller | Norma Townsend Morgan | Matt Needham | Laura Nugent | Orient and Flume | Jill Powers | Orville O. Rice | Leon Richet | Lisa Beth Robinson | Betsy Roe | Charles B. Rogers | Chauncey Foster Ryder | Alice C. Sabatini | Birger Sandzen | Scripps College Press | Kevin Sink | Theodore Clement Steele | Robert Sudlow | Barbara Sudlow | John Talleur | Debbie and Delmo Tarsitano | Fanny Wallace Tewksbury | Lois Van Liew | Shanna Wagner |  Margaret Evelyn Whittemore

Take & Make Kits in the Reed Studio

Tree Ornament
Owl Pinecones
Acorn People
Branch Weaving
Bird Feeder
Tree Scavenger Hunt Card
Natural Designs
Leaf Mobile


Related Programs

First Friday Art Walk
Fri, March 5 | Fri, April 2
9am – 9pm
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Relax and wander through our forest of trees

Tree Identification
Tue | Apr 13
7pm – 8pm
Zoom – Register for link
Dr. Charles Barden, professor of Forestry at K-State Research and Extension will identify several Kansas tree species. Learn how to identify trees by looking at branching structure, leaf shapes, bark and fruit.


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